Oscar in Box Office History (Week 46, 2020)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each weekend historically. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 13-15, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Spectre (2015, 88th) – $33,681,104 ($128,981,285 total) {week 2}
  2. The Martian (2015, 88th) – $6,712,171 ($207,394,787 total) {week 7}
  3. Bridge of Spies (2015, 88th) – $4,268,772 ($61,675,326 total) {week 5}
  4. Spotlight (2015, 88th) – $1,353,630 ($1,800,400 total) {week 2}
  5. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $760,555 ($45,215,311 total) {week 9}
  6. Room (2015, 88th) – $563,673 ($2,272,968 total) {week 5}
  7. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $479,971 ($827,967 total) {week 2}
  8. Steve Jobs (2015, 88th) – $399,520 ($17,380,253 total) {week 6}
  9. Trumbo (2015, 88th) – $156,637 ($262,594 total) {week 2}
  10. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $155,707 ($356,158,534 total) {week 22}
  11. Theeb (2015, 88th) – $11,119 ($32,073 total) {week 2}
  12. Amy (2015, 88th) – $3,909 ($8,387,444 total) {week 20}
  13. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $430 ($704,352 total) {week 18}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Spectre (2015, 88th) – $36,597,736 ($140,150,483 total)
  2. The Martian (2015, 88th) – $7,293,415 ($225,354,241 total)
  3. Bridge of Spies (2015, 88th) – $4,638,428 ($67,016,131 total)
  4. Spotlight (2015, 88th) – $1,470,848 ($1,956,307 total)
  5. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $826,416 ($49,130,753 total)
  6. Room (2015, 88th) – $612,485 ($2,469,797 total)
  7. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $521,534 ($899,665 total)
  8. Steve Jobs (2015, 88th) – $434,117 ($18,885,305 total)
  9. Trumbo (2015, 88th) – $170,201 ($285,333 total)
  10. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $169,191 ($387,000,258 total)
  11. Theeb (2015, 88th) – $12,082 ($34,850 total)
  12. Amy (2015, 88th) – $4,248 ($9,113,759 total)
  13. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $467 ($765,346 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Amy (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature [O]
  • Bridge of Spies (2015, 88th): Picture, Supporting Actor (Mark Rylance) [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing
  • Brooklyn (2015, 88th): Picture, Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Adapted Screenplay
  • Cartel Land (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature
  • Inside Out (2015, 88th): Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay
  • The Martian (2015, 88th): Picture, Actor (Matt Damon), Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects
  • Room (2015, 88th): Picture, Directing, Actress (Brie Larson) [O], Adapted Screenplay
  • Sicario (2015, 88th): Original Score, Cinematography, Sound Film Editing
  • Spectre (2015, 88th): Original Song (“Writing’s On the Wall”) [O]
  • Spotlight (2015, 88th): Picture [O], Directing, Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Original Screenplay [O], Film Editing
  • Steve Jobs (2015, 88th): Actor (Michael Fassbender), Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet)
  • Theeb (2015, 88th): Foreign Language Film
  • Trumbo (2015, 88th): Actor (Bryan Cranston)

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 12-14, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Unstoppable (2010, 83rd) – $22,688,457 ($22,688,457 total) {week 1}
  2. The Social Network (2010, 83rd) – $1,770,077 ($87,807,502 total) {week 7}
  3. Hereafter (2010, 83rd) – $1,318,493 ($31,448,842 total) {week 5}
  4. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $478,767 ($1,566,031 total) {week 6}
  5. 127 Hours (2010, 83rd) – $438,539 ($811,528 total) {week 2}
  6. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $438,397 ($90,626,556 total) {week 9}
  7. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $234,514 ($291,832,593 total) {week 18}
  8. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $207,778 ($414,638,013 total) {week 22}
  9. Waste Land (2010, 83rd) – $8,271 ($38,729 total) {week 3}
  10. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $4,073 ($63,072 total) {week 21}
  11. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $3,437 ($989,764 total) {week 14}
  12. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $2,427 ($6,222,365 total) {week 23}
  13. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $2,266 ($4,999,234 total) {week 22}
  14. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $915 ($1,328,725 total) {week 21}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Unstoppable (2010, 83rd) – $26,340,465 ($26,340,465 total)
  2. The Social Network (2010, 83rd) – $2,054,994 ($101,941,282 total)
  3. Hereafter (2010, 83rd) – $1,530,722 ($36,510,950 total)
  4. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $555,831 ($1,818,104 total)
  5. 127 Hours (2010, 83rd) – $509,128 ($942,154 total)
  6. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $508,963 ($105,214,101 total)
  7. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $272,262 ($338,806,914 total)
  8. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $241,223 ($481,379,493 total)
  9. Waste Land (2010, 83rd) – $9,602 ($44,963 total)
  10. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $4,729 ($73,224 total)
  11. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $3,990 ($1,149,080 total)
  12. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $2,818 ($7,223,937 total)
  13. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $2,631 ($5,803,927 total)
  14. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $1,062 ($1,542,601 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 127 Hours (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actor (James Franco), Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“If I Rise”), Film Editing
  • Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd): Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver)
  • Dogtooth (2010, 83rd): Foreign Language Film
  • Hereafter (2010, 83rd): Visual Effects
  • I Am Love (2010, 83rd): Costume Design
  • Inception (2010, 83rd): Picture, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Sound Mixing [O], Sound Film Editing [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • Inside Job (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • Restrepo (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • The Social Network (2010, 83rd): Picture, Directing, Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score [O], Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Sound Mixing
  • The Town (2010, 83rd): Supporting Actor (Jeremy Renner)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd): Picture, Animated Feature [O], Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“We Belong Together”) [O], Sound Film Editing
  • Unstoppable (2010, 83rd): Sound Film Editing
  • Waste Land (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), Adapted Screenplay

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 18-20, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Walk the Line (2005, 78th) – $22,347,341 ($22,347,341 total) {week 1}
  2. Pride & Prejudice (2005, 78th) – $2,141,554 ($6,000,723 total) {week 2}
  3. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th) – $1,668,875 ($16,855,662 total) {week 7}
  4. Capote (2005, 78th) – $846,450 ($7,725,427 total) {week 8}
  5. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th) – $285,592 ($54,728,446 total) {week 7}
  6. The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th) – $280,866 ($2,787,794 total) {week 7}
  7. North Country (2005, 78th) – $228,328 ($17,884,392 total) {week 5}
  8. Paradise Now (2005, 78th) – $121,141 ($530,147 total) {week 4}
  9. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $109,352 ($30,745,328 total) {week 9}
  10. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $106,032 ($77,273,739 total) {week 22}
  11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $77,963 ($206,376,804 total) {week 19}
  12. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $67,710 ($52,829,776 total) {week 10}
  13. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $57,938 ($33,496,839 total) {week 12}
  14. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $17,203 ($234,277,056 total) {week 21}
  15. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $15,316 ($61,630,949 total) {week 25}
  16. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $5,694 ($2,668,419 total) {week 16}
  17. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $650 ($81,505 total) {week 16}
  18. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $150 ($22,201,636 total) {week 18}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Walk the Line (2005, 78th) – $31,934,734 ($31,934,734 total)
  2. Pride & Prejudice (2005, 78th) – $3,060,317 ($8,575,136 total)
  3. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th) – $2,384,851 ($24,087,030 total)
  4. Capote (2005, 78th) – $1,209,592 ($11,039,768 total)
  5. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th) – $408,116 ($78,207,889 total)
  6. The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th) – $401,362 ($3,983,805 total)
  7. North Country (2005, 78th) – $326,285 ($25,557,103 total)
  8. Paradise Now (2005, 78th) – $173,113 ($757,589 total)
  9. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $156,266 ($43,935,601 total)
  10. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $151,522 ($110,425,499 total)
  11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $111,410 ($294,915,994 total)
  12. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $96,759 ($75,494,656 total)
  13. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $82,794 ($47,867,558 total)
  14. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $24,583 ($334,785,933 total)
  15. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $21,887 ($88,071,684 total)
  16. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $8,137 ($3,813,217 total)
  17. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $929 ($116,472 total)
  18. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $214 ($31,726,519 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Capote (2005, 78th): Picture, Directing, Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) [O], Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener), Adapted Screenplay
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th): Costume Design
  • Cinderella Man (2005, 78th): Supporting Actor (Paul Giamatti), Film Editing, Makeup
  • The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th): Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz) [O], Adapted Screenplay, Origianl Score, Film Editing
  • Corpse Bride (2005, 78th): Animated Feature
  • Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature
  • Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th): Picture, Directing, Actor (David Strathairn), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction
  • A History of Violence (2005, 78th): Supporting Actor (William Hurt), Adapted Screenplay
  • Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th): Actor (Terrence Howard), Original Song (“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”) [O]
  • Junebug (2005, 78th): Supporting Actress (Amy Adams)
  • March of the Penguins (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature [O]
  • North Country (2005, 78th): Actress (Charlize Theron), Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand)
  • Paradise Now (2005, 78th): Foreign Language Film
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005, 78th): Actress (Keira Knightley), Original Score, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th): Original Screenplay
  • Walk the Line (2005, 78th): Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Actress (Reese Witherspoon) [O], Film Editing, Costume Design, Sound Mixing
  • Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th): Animated Feature [O]
  • War of the Worlds (2005, 78th): Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 17-19, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, 73rd) – $55,082,330 ($55,082,330 total) {week 1}
  2. Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd) – $6,367,685 ($138,513,485 total) {week 7}
  3. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $1,774,290 ($8,403,080 total) {week 6}
  4. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $301,478 ($462,176 total) {week 2}
  5. Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd) – $224,188 ($1,338,894 total) {week 7}
  6. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $166,878 ($31,203,848 total) {week 10}
  7. The Contender (2000, 73rd) – $142,108 ($17,366,454 total) {week 6}
  8. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $133,754 ($3,623,395 total) {week 9}
  9. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $92,903 ($182,450,592 total) {week 21}
  10. Wonder Boys (2000, 73rd) – $68,485 ($18,945,558 total) {week 39}
  11. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $29,935 ($60,861,717 total) {week 14}
  12. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $27,966 ($73,209,340 total) {week 16}
  13. One Day in September (1999, 71st) – $15,149 ($15,149 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, 73rd) – $93,609,303 ($93,609,303 total)
  2. Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd) – $10,821,520 ($235,395,830 total)
  3. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $3,015,305 ($14,280,559 total)
  4. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $512,345 ($785,442 total)
  5. Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd) – $380,995 ($2,275,375 total)
  6. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $283,600 ($53,029,174 total)
  7. The Contender (2000, 73rd) – $241,505 ($29,513,306 total)
  8. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $227,307 ($6,157,755 total)
  9. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $157,883 ($310,064,457 total)
  10. Wonder Boys (2000, 73rd) – $116,386 ($32,196,904 total)
  11. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $50,873 ($103,431,044 total)
  12. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $47,527 ($124,415,131 total)
  13. One Day in September (1999, 71st) – $25,745 ($25,745 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Almost Famous (2000, 73rd): Supporting Actress (Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand), Original Screenplay [O], Film Editing
  • Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd): Directing, Supporting Actress (Julie Walters), Original Screenplay
  • The Cell (2000, 73rd): Makeup
  • The Contender (2000, 73rd): Actress (Joan Allen), Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges)
  • Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd): Original Song (“I’ve Seen It All”)
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, 73rd): Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup [O]
  • Hollow Man (2000, 73rd): Visual Effects
  • Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd): Original Song (“A Fool in Love”)
  • One Day in September (1999, 71st): Documentary Feature
  • The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd): Sound, Visual Effects
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd): Actress (Ellen Burstyn)
  • Wonder Boys (2000, 73rd): Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“Things Have Changed”), Film Editing
  • You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd): Actress (Laura Linney), Original Screenplay

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 17-19, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The American President (1995, 68th) – $10,014,558 ($10,014,558 total) {week 1}
  2. Seven (1995, 68th) – $1,641,769 ($84,225,310 total) {week 9}
  3. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $158,565 ($171,842,845 total) {week 21}
  4. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $13,634 ($66,937,077 total) {week 26}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The American President (1995, 68th) – $21,088,127 ($21,088,127 total)
  2. Seven (1995, 68th) – $3,457,150 ($177,357,205 total)
  3. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $333,898 ($361,857,577 total)
  4. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $28,710 ($140,952,558 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The American President (1995, 68th): Original Musical or Comedy Score
  • Apollo 13 (1995, 68th): Picture, Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), Supporting Actress (Kathleen Quinlan), Adapted Screenplay, Original Dramatic Score, Film Editing [O], Art Direction, Sound [O], Visual Effects
  • Braveheart (1995, 68th): Picture [O], Directing [O], Original Screenplay, Original Dramatic Score, Film Editing, Cinematography [O], Costume Design, Makeup [O], Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing [O]
  • Seven (1995, 68th): Film Editing

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 16-18, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $17,081,997 ($17,081,997 total) {week 1}
  2. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $3,001,897 ($190,315,716 total) {week 19}
  3. Reversal of Fortune (1990, 63rd) – $1,726,542 ($7,079,558 total) {week 5}
  4. Avalon (1990, 63rd) – $1,017,450 ($12,234,424 total) {week 7}
  5. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $565,083 ($1,532,461 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $36,990,802 ($36,990,802 total)
  2. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $6,500,562 ($412,125,759 total)
  3. Reversal of Fortune (1990, 63rd) – $3,738,800 ($15,330,674 total)
  4. Avalon (1990, 63rd) – $2,203,272 ($26,493,457 total)
  5. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $1,223,679 ($3,318,521 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Avalon (1990, 63rd): Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography, Costume Design
  • Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd): Picture [O], Directing [O], Actor (Kevin Costner), Supporting Actor (Graham Greene), Supporting Actress (Mary McDonnell), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score [O], Film Editing [O], Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound [O]
  • Ghost (1990, 63rd): Picture, Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg) [O], Original Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing
  • Home Alone (1990, 63rd): Original Song (“Somewhere in My Memory”), Original Score
  • Reversal of Fortune (1990, 63rd): Directing, Actor (Jeremy Irons) [O], Adapted Screenplay

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 15-17, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Jagged Edge (1985, 58th) – $2,341,962 ($28,871,084 total) {week 7}
  2. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $1,947,661 ($178,376,369 total) {week 20}
  3. Agnes of God (1985, 58th) – $867,678 ($23,510,920 total) {week 10}
  4. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, 58th) – $621,180 ($13,421,006 total) {week 6}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Jagged Edge (1985, 58th) – $6,042,922 ($74,495,529 total)
  2. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $5,025,514 ($460,261,279 total)
  3. Agnes of God (1985, 58th) – $2,238,854 ($60,664,796 total)
  4. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, 58th) – $1,602,819 ($34,629,976 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Agnes of God (1985, 58th): Actress (Anne Bancroft), Supporting Actress (Meg Tilly), Original Score
  • Back to the Future (1985, 58th): Original Screenplay, Original Song (“The Power of Love’), Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing [O]
  • Jagged Edge (1985, 58th): Supporting Actor (Robert Loggia)
  • Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, 58th): Makeup

40 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 14-16, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Raging Bull (1980, 53rd) – $128,590 ($128,590 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Raging Bull (1980, 53rd) – $437,875 ($437,875 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Raging Bull (1980, 53rd): Picture, Director, Actor (Robert De Niro) [O], Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci), Supporting Actress (Cathy Moriarty), Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Sound

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